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How to Keep From Overspending on Your Restaurant Budget

Let’s play a little game of truth or dare.

First up, truth: In what area of the budget are you most likely to overspend?

Pretty sure we can all answer that one together: food—especially restaurants. Going out to eat has a way of burning through money like no other expense. After all, we have to eat.

Of course, when we’re hoping to reach our big money goals—like saving for a dream vacation or paying off debt or buying a new home—busting the restaurant budget ends up being a real bummer in the long run.

Which brings us to the dare portion of our game. We dare you to take action. We dare you to save more money by sticking to your restaurant budget for the next three months. Don’t worry—we’re here to help with five easy ways to stay on track.

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15 Ways to Save Money on Dining Out

15 Ways to Save Money on Dining Out

In August, Americans spent roughly $2 billion more at restaurants than they did at grocery stores, according to the Department of Commerce’s latest Retail and Food Services report.

It’s no surprise that we love dining out. But it is surprising how much money we spend ordering our meals, rather than cooking them.

Most of us could use some balance. On one hand, we know it’s cheaper to shop for and prepare our food at home. On the other hand, restaurants are so convenient—not to mention delicious. Instead of sacrificing all your favorite sushi places and burger joints, work them into your budget with these 15 money-saving tips.

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